Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Andy Serkis Takes Us Inside The Imaginarium
The actor-director gives us a tour of his state-of-the-art studio
Sony To Release The Interview After All
Update: US cinemas get limited roll-out
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
23 December 2014
New In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer Lands Online
Massive flail whale
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
In The Heart Of The Sea
13 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
A New York Winter’s Tale
Empire Star Rating
The Counsellor (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Rush (2013)
Empire Star Rating
To The Wonder (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Skyfall (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Warner Bros. Looks To Build Dark Tower
Ron Howard still wants to direct...

13 March 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Warner Bros. Looks To Build Dark Tower

Things looked bleak for Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman’s attempt to bring Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series to both cinema and TV screens when Universal decided to pass on the idea last July. But the power trio swore they would not give up, and it looks like they might just have a champion riding in, with Warner Bros. now in talks to make at least one film.

According to Deadline, the studio bought Goldsman’s script for the first movie and has asked him to take another pass on it. Howard is still on board to direct and, assuming he still wants to be involved and is available whenever shooting starts (possibly early next year) Javier Bardem remains the director's first choice for gunslinger Roland Deschain.

It seems a little odd that Howard and co would agree to just one film after that was one of the main sticking points with Universal. But it might just come down to Warners offering the best shot to get it made. The project is already a gamble, without the added pressure of trying to birth a trilogy (and TV series) at once.

Grazer has talked up the idea for the TV element (which was to span the time between three films and saw Goldsman collaborating with Battlestar Galactica veteran Mark Verheiden) moving to HBO. Since Warners owns HBO, a new world of possibilities opens up. So how do you feel now? Excited that this might finally happen? Or worried that it could be a little too unwieldy to work properly?


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

David Cronenberg Sharpening Knifeman
He's involved with a new TV drama
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

Your Comments

RE: I second that motion
ainst the idea of this being made into a movie/tv series because even though i enjoyed the stories in 1-5 of the dark tower books the ending of the final one had been ended rather badly. More

Posted by anakin solo at 22:16 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

I second that motion
Viggo for Roland ! More

Posted by Varkko Stush at 20:21 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Rupert Wyatt
I second the motion to oust Ron Howard. Peter Jackson is a bit obvious though. My own personal preference would be Rupert Wyatt. He's got box office mojo, proven ability for character driven pieces, handling action and SFX More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 20:06 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Big gamble
He sees a director that has had some success, but has yet to do a saga or trilogy of some kind. So Ron Howard is going to be the one to bring the beautiful visuals of a (spoiler) Gunslinger with only 2 fingers, doda-chock's, floating doors, 15 foot ancient robots, a schizophrenic with no legs who eats toads in her dreams, roont twins, the talking bumbler Oy, the freaky train journey driven by trans the mono, the claustrophobic sewer kidnap, the list just goes on and on. I'm only at Volume 6, bu More

Posted by Babtash85 at 19:33 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Big gamble
L: lockstockstar This Will be a very hard movie to put together due to all of the different elements that have to be brought together to make it work, even the book was a big risk. But there were moments of greatness in each of the 7 that Stephen King wrote and Ron Howard is one of the few who could really make it work on the big screen eally? Ron Howard possess a unique gift that makes him specially qualified for this? He is a middle of the road director without any personal style o More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:55 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
This will make an excellent series; Howard is the right man to helm it, and the story is perfect for the 21st century. Unlike most King novels, it satisfies on many levels and Howard has shown that he can handle the SFX needed. More

Posted by Liam571 at 17:14 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Terrible miscasting
I've said it many times to all who know me and I'll say it again - Javier Bardem is totally wrong for this project. As much as I would love to see this amazing story brought to screen, this would really disappoint me. There is only one actor to play this part - Viggo Mortensen. More

Posted by clairp at 16:30 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

I too wasn't great with RH being director...
but you got to admit the guy is seriously committed to the project. It's that kind of raw determination that created some of the all time great movies ahem*Star Wars*ahem More

Posted by criffle at 16:07 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Special Effects.......
.....is the only reason Ron Howard wants to direct this. He over does them in every film he's ever done since he learned it was there to exploit. The workings of a puzzle in Da Vinci, the unbelieveably unbelieveable parachute in Angels and Demons (to name two other books that he ruined), the 8 year old Blue Peter inspired Lunar Modual in Apollo 13, the silver platter in Cinderella Man (but I kinda liked the breaking bones effects) I'll let splash and Willow go since they were really early effect More

Posted by Babtash85 at 15:30 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

No no no!
Please! Not Ron Howard (better no film at all than a terrible one!) and not just one film - how on earth can they do it justice? More

Posted by Heidionline at 12:41 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Re: For the love of God
I don't understand why people keep saying Ron Howard should stay away from this...when he's the only director expressing any interest in bringing this to the screen, and considering his plans which fell through at Universal you'd have to say he's committed to making something true to the material on a grand scale. Give him a chance. More

Posted by ronniem at 09:36 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

For the love of God....
....keep Ron Howard away from this..... More

Posted by matt st hubbins at 08:57 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

Big gamble
This Will be a very hard movie to put together due to all of the different elements that have to be brought together to make it work, even the book was a big risk. But there were moments of greatness in each of the 7 that Stephen King wrote and Ron Howard is one of the few who could really make it work on the big screen More

Posted by lockstockstar at 08:19 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Three Favourite Scenes Of 2014
A hat-trick of moneyshots from the last 12 months

The 32 Funniest Movie Moments Of The Year
2014's side-splittingest scenes

The 10 Best Games Of The Year
2014's top pixel-pushers duke it out for the number one slot

Dan Stevens: The Breakout Star Of 2014
We congratulate The Guest star on his year to remember

The 15 Most Memorable Character Deaths Of The Year
2014’s RIP honour roll

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)